Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Luke Niforatos

DATE:  Monday July 29th, 2019
TIME:  4-4:30pm
Youtube Link:  HERE

Really looking forward to interviewing Luke Nifaratos about his work with SAM, (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).  With several states legalizing recreational marijuana use, Luke's work, and the SAM organization, are leveraging research and bipartisan political influence to make sure that the ramifications of legalization are truly understood.  I'm going to focus most of our conversation on the impacts of marijuana and its major risks for education and in particular,  young learners.  I really applaud Luke's courage to talk about this issue with clarity and thoughtfulness.

A little about Luke: 
Luke Niforatos is the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor at SAM, presiding over strategic federal, state, and educational initiatives. Prior to SAM, he spent his career working in nonprofit community healthcare. Luke also founded two digital health companies. Having lived in Colorado during legalization, he, his wife, and daughter have seen firsthand the disastrous effects of lax marijuana policies. This experience inspired Luke to work and speak across the country for a smart marijuana policy free of commercialization and normalization. Luke graduated from the University of Denver.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Coffee with a Geek on Culture: Black Mirror Support Group Talks about "Metal Head"

Black Mirror Support Group Discussion for Educators:  HERE.  Feel free to comment!

The Netflix Series, Black Mirror, is a drama series that highlights the dark side of technology.  Each episode is a stand alone story that is often thought provoking and may be disturbing.  After watching a few seasons, I found myself really needed to reach out to others to see if they could help me to work through some of the heavy hitting themes.  I found a group of educational technology leaders, Matt Mariglia, Heather Krieger, and Jennifer Murphy to help me with this endeavor of unpacking the ideas and concepts that are part of Black Mirror.  We try to focus our attention on how technology interacts with education.

This is our 3rd time analyzing Black Mirror.  In this discussion, we examine the episode entitled, Metal Head.  The story line involves a survivor in a dystopian world trying to escape the cunning pursuit of a mechanical robot that looks eerily like a dog.  She has stolen something from a warehouse in the hopes to return it to other survivors.  What did she steal?  and why should she be so afraid of the dog?  Check out our discussion and/or better yet, watch Metal Head.

  1. Can someone summarize the episode?
  2. What are some of the ways this episode connects with society today?
  3. How does this episode relate to education? Or doesn’t it?
  4. Why do you think the film was in Black and White?  Artistically, what were your thoughts of this episode?